Enjoy coffee this winter: Caffeine offsets some health risks of diets high in fat, sugar
Dr KK Aggarwal
A new study published in Science Daily, in rats suggests that caffeine offsets negative effects of an obesogenic diet by reducing the storage of lipids in fat cells and limiting weight gain and the production of triglycerides. In the study, rats that consumed the caffeine extracted from mate tea gained 16% less weight and accumulated 22% less body fat than rats that consumed decaffeinated mate tea. The study by scientists at the University of Illinois also found that the effects were similar with synthetic caffeine and that extracted from coffee.
The amount of caffeine per serving in mate tea ranges from 65-130 milligrams, compared with 30-300 milligrams of caffeine in a cup of brewed coffee. For four weeks, the rats in the study ate a diet that contained 40% fat, 45% carbohydrate and 15% protein. They also ingested one of the forms of caffeine in an amount equivalent to that of a human who drinks four cups of coffee daily.
Considering the findings, mate tea and caffeine can be considered anti-obesity agents.